BAM on track with new college

The Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton were given an exclusive tour of Bolton Community College's £70m campus redevelopment yesterday.

Joined by the College's Principal, Carol Bannerman, and director of estates, Carl Hosker, the Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Norman Critchley and his wife Delyse, enjoyed a behind-the-scenes look at how work is progressing on site.

BAM project manager, Paul Harris, led the tour of the 200,000 sq ft campus, including the 30,000 sq ft construction skills and arts building and 6,000 sq ft sports hall and gymnasium.

The tour also took in the rotunda, a glazed, three storey structure, housing a number of Learning Resource Centres. It will provide flexible learning and office spaces, classrooms, and an informal café area with elliptical mezzanine floor. The Mayor met with engineers from Giffords, responsible for the structural design of the new campus.

The Mayor of Bolton said: "After 45 years as a self-employed chartered structural engineer, it was fantastic to speak with the contractor and sub-contractors about the development of the new campus.

"The co-location of Bolton Community College and Bolton Sixth Form College is a wonderful development for the town and I hope people will take full advantage of the opportunities it will present."

Carol Bannerman added: "Work on site is progressing well and our contractor BAM, along with the sub-contractors, are doing a fantastic job ensuring that this world class campus, with all its cutting-edge facilities, will be open for our new and existing learners in September."

The new campus is part of the overall £90m scheme that will see Bolton Community College and Bolton Sixth Form College sit side-by-side on Deane Road at the heart of the town's £300m Innovation Zone.

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